Tiger Woods has suffered severe leg accidents after a automotive accident which might’ve been deadly in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
The golf icon was travelling alone in Rancho Palos Verdes when the incident occurred, with fireplace crews having to make use of an axe to get Woods out from the wreckage.
No different automobiles have been concerned and Woods’ accidents, which embody a shattered ankle and a compound fracture, usually are not life-threatening.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva informed a information convention that ‘deputies on the time didn’t see any proof of impairment’ after arriving on the scene of the crash at 7.18am.
Woods’ automobile travelled ‘a number of hundred ft from the centre divider’ and sustained ‘main harm’ after hitting a curb, a tree, and rolling over a number of occasions at excessive pace.
The inside of his Genesis GV80 ‘gave him the cushion to outlive what in any other case would have been a deadly crash’, in line with Villanueva.
Los Angeles fireplace chief Daryl Osby revealed Woods was acutely aware and in a steady situation however with severe accidents to each legs.
Carlos Gonzalez, the Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy who first arrived on the scene, mentioned Woods was not in a position to stand on his personal, however he was ‘lucid and calm’.
The 45-year-old was instantly taken to a neighborhood hospital by ambulance for surgical procedure to restore his ankle.
His agent Mark Steinberg mentioned: “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California the place he suffered a number of leg accidents. He’s at the moment in surgical procedure and we thanks on your privateness and help.”
Woods, a 15-time main winner, is likely one of the biggest golfers of all-time and one of the iconic figures in sporting historical past.
Woods dominated the world of golf for greater than a decade between the late nineties and early 2010s, earlier than public scandal and bodily issues noticed him battle for quite a few years.
He’s the youngest participant ever to finish the profession Grand Slam of majors and famously did the ‘Tiger Slam’ throughout 2000 and 2001, successful all 4 majors in a row.
His most up-to-date triumph on the 2019 Masters got here after years of crippling again accidents and spinal fusion surgical procedure, sparking recent hope that he might chase down Jack Nicklaus’ report of 18 main championships.
The American has been out injured following additional again surgical procedure in December – and was hopeful of returning for this 12 months’s Masters in April.
Tiger Woods’ main victories
Masters: 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
PGA Championship: 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007
U.S. Open: 2000, 2002, 2008
The Open Championship: 2000, 2005, 2006
Woods’ final look on the course got here alongside his son Charlie on the PNC Championship on the finish of 2020.
He hosted the Genesis Open at Riviera final weekend, handing Max Homa the trophy and commentating alongside Jim Nantz on Sunday.
The world of golf has been reacting to the information, providing prayers and finest needs for Woods as he undergoes surgical procedure.
World No. three Justin Thomas, who has turn out to be shut mates with Woods and his household, bought emotional whereas reacting to the information.
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” Thomas mentioned, talking at a press convention forward of the WGC-Workday Championship.
“You realize, it hurts to see one in all your… now one in all my closest mates get in an accident.
“Man, I simply hope he’s all proper. Simply fear for his youngsters, you recognize. I’m certain they’re struggling.”
British golfer Ian Poulter, former England worldwide Gary Lineker and Tottenham ahead Gareth Bale have been additionally among the many well-wishers on social media.
Former United States alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, a former girlfriend of Woods, additionally tweeted: “Praying for TW proper now.”